Daily Archives: 2015-10-19

4th Singapore Freedom Film Fest in November 2015

Local non-government organisation Function 8 will be hosting the 4th Singapore Freedom Film Fest (FFF), in conjunction with KOMAS, Malaysia. The film fest will present unseen, unheard and untold stories by way of refreshing perspective on freedom. Function 8 offered a grant of $5,000 to a Singapore film-maker – the first time the organisation has done such a thing. Jason …

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Emporium Shokuhin forgets that it’s an Emporium

Emporium Shokuhin was opened to great fanfare on level one of Marina Square’s new wing, promising to stand out against the very competitive Japanese restaurants in Singapore. With eight restaurant concepts and a supermarket that promises to ‘sell quality produce at reasonable prices’, we expected a vibrant dining destination, one centred upon the concept of an Emporium. Historically, the concept …

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E. S. Shankar on murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu and corruption in Malaysia

By Masked Crusader The discovery of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu’s remains, soon after her murder in October 2006, reverberated around the world. If the manner of her death — she had been shot and blown up with C-4 explosives in a ditch within a forested area in Shah Alam near Kuala Lumpur — was not sensational enough, her link to …

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Debate over leaders’ personal religious beliefs and public duties

Should political leaders and senior civil servants keep their personal religious beliefs separate from their public roles? That was a question raised by Mr Perry Tan in a letter to the press on 9 October.  (See here: “Leaders should continue religion-neutral politics”.) In his letter, Mr Tan referred to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s “Rules of Prudence” reminder which the …

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